The Australian Trucking Industry is urging customers to take into consideration delays caused by the floods in the eastern states and allow extra time for deliveries to arrive. It says blocked roads are not the only factor. Many trucks will be needed to deliver muchneeded supplies to those in the affected areas. ATA chairman David Simon says trucking will play a vital role in the flood recovery. ‘‘Trucks are often the only way to get vitally needed supplies to where they are needed,’’ Simon says.‘‘ As a result, the trucking industry is working hard to ensure communities affected by flooding can get what they need quickly. This extra work, as well as the additional time needed to travel around flood affected areas, means there will be some delays for the industry’s customers.’’
Fiat eyes expansion
FIAT boss Sergio Marchionne has indicated Fiat Industrial could be interested in acquiring the shares that Volkswagen now owns in both MAN and Scania. Fiat Industrial owns Italian truck brand Iveco. Marchionne, who is busy trying to turn around the struggling Chrysler company that is now part of the Fiat group, made the comments to AutomotiveWorld.com at the Detroit Motor Show.The comments come as a surprise, because Volkswagen has made it clear that it views the effective controlling stakes in both MAN and Scania as crucial to its ambitions to widen its operations that are mostly focused on passenger cars and commercial vans.
Help for drivers
TRANSPORT operator representative group Nat Road says help is available for ownerdrivers and small operators who can’t earn an income because of the floods in the eastern states. The Federal Government has introduced a special Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy, which is $469.70 a fortnight for a single person, says Nat Road chief executive Bernie Belacic. Affected operators should apply to Centrelink on 180 22 66. Trucking companies affected by the floods should also talk to their bank or financier about whether they can put special arrangements in place for their loan repayments, he says.
Brewing a hybrid
A MICRO brewery in Tasmania is trying to make its carbon footprint as small as possible by buying a hybrid Hino for its deliveries. Moo Brew has bought a manual Hino Hybrid 714 and painted it all black to ensure it stands out on the road. Company marketing manager Jon Burridge says the hybrid truck suits the company. ‘‘We believe the future of the earth is important and hybrid technology is growing, so we’d like to be a part of that and encourage others to do likewise,’’ he says.